Call for papers (closed) | GuIA 2021

About GuIA

GuIA is a joint initiative between the Center for Studies in Technology and Society (CETyS) of the University of San Andrés, Centro Latam Digital (CLD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) by way of its project fAIr LAC.

GuIA was created to strengthen a space for researchers to address specific problems, ethics, principles, norms and policies around Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project seeks to provide its own perspective from the region on the impact of AI in different issue areas through empirical analysis resulting in evidence. This data is essential to understand the results of the progress made so far, as well as to inform public policies, regulation and legislation.

The first edition of GuIA was coordinated by CETyS in 2020. Its focus was aimed at discussion around the different challenges implied by the development of AI systems, taking into account particularities of the region. This edition highlighted various publications focused on the analysis of artificial intelligence strategies and data governance, human rights perspectives of AI ethical frameworks, potential biases in AI development and social justice issues, among other forefront issues in various Latin American countries. 

Given that AI involves the deployment of digital infrastructure in various areas and sectors in different ways, integrating not only computing devices but also objects, it is not surprising that governance tools vary and range from specific initiatives, legislation, regulations, principles, recommendations, best practices, use cases, among others. The relevance of each tool is linked to its ability to solve the problem in question. This leap in AI governance implies that ethical principles are not enough, and at the same time, there is no regulation yet capable of addressing the different scenarios and impact of this AI technology.

In recent years, although ethical principles and human rights have guided AI recommendations globally and regionally, we still do not have data that shows understanding and effective implementation by different actors involved in its development and use. Likewise, it is not clear how regulators, policymakers and companies that develop AI in the region incorporate – or consider incorporating – ethical and human rights perspectives, which are fundamental to achieve inclusive policies. In this context, and in its second stage, GuIA seeks to understand if there is an effective connection between ethical principles and human rights and the design, adoption and use of AI-based technology in the region, in addition to the obstacles that prevent adoption. To achieve this, it is necessary to understand how the principles, norms and policies around AI are interpreted and applied by different actors and citizens in the region, examine their applicability and the existing gaps between principles and their application towards AI solutions as well as the barriers arising from regulation.

The call for proposals seeks to identify research articles that address these issues. Analysis may be focused on initiatives from the private sector, including entrepreneurs and/or public-private partnerships, civil society organizations, universities, the public sector, among other sectors. The papers may address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Emerging practices from private sector / civil society actors for the development of AI based on ethical principles;
  • Barriers to implementation or regulation, and challenges to the incorporation of ethical principles in the development of AI;
  • Tendencias regulatorias / gubernamentales en materia de implementación de principios éticos y derechos humanos en iniciativas basadas en el uso de IA;
  • Trends in governance and regulation around the implementation of human rights principles and ethics in AI initiatives;
  • Public interest initiatives based on the ethical AI design (for example: education, health, labor markets, among others);
  • Characterization of players in the AI ecosystem (national, sub-regional, regional actors)
  • Analysis and proposals for the integration of different AI governance tools in Latin American countries; and
  • Identification of successful initiatives in the international field and recommendations at the regional level.

Applications Guidelines

To be considered for the first stage of selection, please create a text file (in Word format) with the following information:
  •  Article Title 
  • Authors and short bios (1 paragraph for each author) 
  • Abstract (between 1200 and 1500 words) 
  • Keywords (up to five) 
  • Article outline (title of main sections) 
  • Bibliographic references (selection, up to ten references)

Articles must be written in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Those interested in applying should send the document to with the subject line “GuIA. Application, [last name]”. The application deadline is Friday March 19, 2021 at midnight (GMT-3)

Selected applicants will be contacted by email and should send their drafts according to the guidelines received.

Selected authors will receive financial compensation for their article.

Selection Criteria

Criteria for evaluation of proposed research include:

  • Contribution of results, conclusions and recommendations to the knowledge of AI in Latin America;
  • Originality;
  • Clarity in writing and description of the problem and findings;
  • Academic rigor; and relevance.

Other considerations include gender diversity and regional diversity.

In order to diversify the traditional approach to discussing these issues, we especially encourage women and LGBTIQ+ persons to submit their work. In particular, we encourage the analysis of these issues with a gender lens.

Those interested in applying should send the document to with the subject line “GuIA. Application, [last name]”. The application deadline is Friday March 19th, 2021 at midnight (GMT-3).